Roslindale historic home renovation:
This historic Roslindale home has been in the same family for more than a century. The client, whose grandfather bought the house in 1904, was born in the house and considers herself a steward of its historic legacy. She worked with Traverse Architects and Carr Carpentry & Restoration to restore the home and build an addition that could accommodate her growing household comprising four generations.
When Vision Comes to Life
The client and her husband wanted to take full advantage of the urban forest surrounding the property, and the spacious yard that provides an escape to nature in the heart of the city. So they selected the Marvin Elevate collection to bring their vision to life.
They built a two-story addition on the home, which features a new kitchen and primary bedroom. The ultimate goal throughout the build was to honor the historic nature of the home. Traverse Architects achieved this by preserving its original volume, and by building an addition that honored and accentuated, not emulated, the original 1890 structure.
Before and After
The large windows are the pinnacle of this home addition. While the original structure boasts low-contrast colors – light blue siding with white window frames – the addition features Marvin Elevate windows in designer black. “These black windows just really popped in such a beautiful way. It’s what gives, in many ways, the articulation of the architecture,” says David M Fenchel, Owner of Traverse Architects. “The quality and the aesthetics of the windows and doors is also a part of the transformation of the house.”
Inside the home, Traverse Architects designed the rooms to accentuate the windows and by extension, the incredible views beyond. They didn’t include any cabinets above the kitchen counters, creating a bigger volume feel in this space that houses such a large family. Wrap-around windows and large patio doors offer a connection to the spacious yard and garden. Additionally, the primary bedroom features windows on all sides, creating a private oasis in the middle of the city for this Roslindale couple.
During a time when building supplies were scarce, Traverse Architects turned to JB Sash and Door to source windows and doors for this renovation due to their history of reliability and strong communication. In addition, it was extremely meaningful to the client that, like the home itself, JB Sash and Door has been in the same Boston family for generations.